Flashback! Wir schreiben das Jahr 1996 und wie aus dem Nichts erschien ein Genre prägendes Werk was allein auf Samples anderer Platten basierte: »Endtroducing« von DJ Shadow.
Dennoch diesen Meilenstein als stumpfe Mutter aller Mash-Up Alben so betrachten würde dem Genie DJ Shadow nur unrecht tun so musikalisch und virtuos ging er auf seinem Debüt vor.
Nicht umsonst taucht dieses phänomenale Werk in diversen Rankings der besten Platten aller Zeiten auf.
Ein unerreichter Meilenstein, welcher zum 20. Geburtstag in 2016 eine schicke Neuauflage erfährt: DJ Shadow selbst hat alle seine damaligen Sessions für weitere von ihm geschätzte Remixer und Produzenten zugänglich gemacht!
Eine strickly limited 6LP Super Deluxe Edition des 20th Anniversary Sets (nur 900 Stück in Deutschland) rundet die Birthday Party perfekt ab. DJ Shadow, »Endtroducing«, und MoWax werden für immer und ewig magische Worte für die zahlreichen Instrumental Hip Hop / Trip Hop Anhänger der 90er bleiben. WORD!
A seminal, incredibly influential hip hop release (also regarded as pretty much the last word in instrumental ›trip hop‹, a term used a lot at the time), Endtroducing is simply one of the defining albums of the 90s. It is famously also the first record ever made entirely from samples of other people's records – with a particularly broad array of sources used, many mined from the catacomb-like basement under the artist's favourite record store in Sacramento, which has long-since closed its doors. This is the store pictured by photographer B+ on the album cover and in many other shots included in the package.
Endtroducing is 20 years old and to celebrate this milestone DJ Shadow has re-opened the sessions to personally curate a further bonus album of remixes by a carefully selected roll call of electronic music luminaries, which he has christened Endtroducing Re-Emagined.
This will be added to the successful 2005 2CD Deluxe Edition, along with expanded notes from a new interview conducted by Eliot Wilder (author of the lauded 33 1 / 3 book on the album) and some never-before-published photographs by B+ and Phil Knott to create the 20th anniversary release as Deluxe 3CD and 6LP (3 x double LPs) sets. The new remixes are also to be issued as a standalone digital album.
From the notes by Eliot Wilder:
When it was released in 20 years ago, Endtroducing sounded like nothing that had come before – an album of beats, beauty, and chaos. Looking back, no other popular record better summarizes the end of the 20th century. Josh Davis, alias DJ Shadow, took elements of hip-hop, funk, rock, ambient, and psychedelia, as well as found sounds, oddball spoken-word clips, and cut-out-bin nuggets – a trove of mostly forgotten or obscure recorded sounds – and then wrote the ultimate lesson. It's an album that sits with you and lingers. It's an album you can return to and discover whole new areas you hadn't been aware of, like finding a room in your house you never knew was there.
There is something about Endtroducing which often ranks high on critics' best albums-of-all-time lists, that always brings me back to it. It never fails to deliver emotionally on so many levels. Despite its melancholic atmosphere, there is something uplifting at its core. »If I were to find one word that resonates more than anything within Endtroducing, it would be ›hope‹«, Josh has said.
»… I've had to sort of concede that there is something about the record that took on a life of its own, that probably has very little to do with me. Nobody can plan these sorts of things. I think that everyone aspires to their music being loved and heard and appreciated on some level, but there are a lot of in tangibles, and there are a lot of things that even the original artists couldn't have planned or fully understood at the time. I feel that way about Endtroducing. And I think that's the main difference Between Endtroducing and all the other records I've made – it was the first time and it was a kind of a flag in the ground, at least within my body of work.
As a music lover, my favorite records always have some hallmarks of an era, but also sound as if they could have been made almost any time within a 20-year time span. I've always felt that as someone who buys a lot of records and sits there and studies them and kind of vibes off them, I also feel like once you put something out into the world, it can be discovered later. That happened so much with Endtroducing – 10 or 15 years down the road, people were discovering it.«